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UWOFA calls on Western to adopt Covid-19 vaccine mandate

In light of the announcement Monday by the provincial government about a normal return to campus in September, UWOFA calls on Western university administration to require all eligible students, staff, faculty, librarians and archivists to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus, acknowledging that some may be exempt for medical or religious reasons.

Joint Administration/Association Statement on Changes to Annual Performance Evaluation Processes to Address the Impact of Covid-19

A Joint Working Group composed of members of Western Administration and the Faculty Association has recommended changes to Annual Performance Evaluation (“APE”) processes affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the enactment of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”) in 2020 and 2021. These changes will be implemented over the coming months in advance of the November 15 deadline for submission of Annual Reports.

Nigmendra Narain takes baton as UWOFA president

Nigmendra Narain, who has taught political science for over 20 years, took the baton as UWOFA president on July 1 for the 2021-22 academic year. He expects a busy year ahead continuing to redress issues members are facing from the coronavirus pandemic such as health and safety in the classroom; workload; research; and sabbatical leave. The Faculty Association will also ramp up preparations for the next round of faculty collective bargaining in 2022.

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The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.